Bobi Awards

The Best of Brooklyn (BoBi) award is presented each year to an author whose work best exemplifies or speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn. These celebrated authors write to educate and inspire their readers, incorporating themes that capture what makes Brooklyn unique.

2020

Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage is a playwright, a screenwriter, and the first woman to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her plays include most recently Sweat, Floyd’s, Mlima's Tale, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Ruined, Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, and more. She has also developed This is Reading, a performance installation in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ms. Nottage has received a MacArthur "Genius Grant'' Fellowship, among other awards. Visit her website at http://www.lynnnottage.com/, and follow her on Twitter @lynnbrooklyn.

2019

Mo Williams

Mo Willems is the first picture book author to receive the annual BoBi award. He is the award-winning, number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of the beloved Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie series.

2018

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is most recently the author of The City We Became. She is the first author in history to win three consecutive Best Novel Hugo Awards, all for her Broken Earth trilogy. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice Awards. She has been a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review and an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops. In her spare time she is a gamer and gardener, and she is also single-handedly responsible for saving the world from King Ozzymandias, her dangerously intelligent ginger cat, and his phenomenally destructive sidekick Magpie.

2017

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys. Harlem Shuffle, his new novel, will be published in 2021.

2016

Jacqueline Woodson

2015

Jonathan Lethem

2014

James McBride

2013

Lois Lowry

2012

Pete Hamill

2011

Jhumpa Lahiri

2010

John Ashbery

2009

Edwidge Danticat

2008

Walter Mosley

2007

Paul Auster